A RHUPUNT FOR SPRING with Teacher Notes by James Aitchison

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Spring’s colour thrills

when daffodils

and bold jonquils

burst into bloom.


Tulips tower,

freesias flower,

colours shower,

banishing gloom.


All spring we’re blessed;

bulbs give their best,

’til time to rest

in a dark room.


James Aitchison


Teacher Notes: How about trying this with your students?



A rhupunt (pronounced hree’-pintis a Welsh poem with some curious rules:

  1. Each line must have four syllables
  2. The first three lines of each stanza must rhyme
  3. The final line of each stanza must rhyme with the final lines of the other stanzas (in other words: aaab, cccb, dddb, eeeb, etc)
  4. Each stanza works as a complete sentence or verse in itself.
  5. If you prefer, stanzas can have three lines (aab, ccb, etc) — or five lines (aaaab, ccccb, etc) — it’s up to you.

“Kookaburra sits” by Stephanie Boase

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Kookaburra sits

On a clothes line tall,

Carefully surveying

The urban sprawl.


Spying a movement

In the grass,

He swoops down swiftly.

Dinner at last!


Won’t you laugh kookaburra,

Laugh for me?

Your life is so much harder

Than it used to be.


Stephanie Boase


“Dinosaurs’ Breakfast Special” by

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Dinosaurs’ Breakfast Special


Urns of slime

and reptiles’ heads,

giants’ feet

and mouldy breads.


Icy hearts

and mountain eggs,

a ton of tongues

and turtle-legs.


Frogs and beetles

chewed to gristle,

old pine cones

and spicy thistle.


Snake-flesh paste

and baby whales,

slowly simmering

heads and tails.


Blackfish eyes

and stingray skin

mixed and mixed

till slimy thin.


All gulped down

with spidery glue

which sleepy dinosaurs

forget to chew. . . 


©Katherine Gallagher


Catch up week

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This week will consist of poems that have been sitting in the waiting room folder plus more insect poems. This gives those children’s poets and poetry an opportunity to be showcased. A poem is generally put in the waiting room folder when I have received a big response to prompts. Enjoy the variety of poems this week and continue thinking and writing about insects.



And today’s quote is from Winnie the Pooh.

I would highly recommend the new Disney movie out “Christopher Robin”


“Butterfly” by Stephanie Boase

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Soft as a dew drop

It lands

Dancing lightly

Upon pansy and petunia

Coloured wings flash and flutter

Delicate in the sunlight

Still for a moment

Then off again

Flitting from flower to flower

Sipping sweet nectar

Heralding Spring


“Haystack” by June Perkins and Art Adventures at The Queensland Art Gallery



Look! Rats and the children run out from

their hiding places in the haystack to

dance in front of us in a merry line?

Who else do you think hides here?


Do you have a memory of haystacks or

artist’s haystacks?

(Perceval’s Angel)


Tumble down the Haystack

dreaming columns of Greece.


Tumble down the Haystack

              with childhood farming friends.

Tumble down the Haystack

              to horses and the cows.



climb up that artist’s Haystack

and tumble down again.


June Perkins (Brisbane-based poet and children’s author)



Art Adventures in the Australian Collection of the Queensland Art Gallery showing from September to November 2018


Dr June Perkins, a Brisbane based poet and children’s author, has developed an interactive journey, through the Australian Collection, through poems and micro-stories for visitors of all ages, with particular appeal for children and families: Art Adventures in the Australian Collection.  

She invites you to follow the angel, follow the feathers, follow the art.

This adventure is part of Words & Pictures, an ongoing project that invites local artists and writers to respond to artworks in the Australian Collection of the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.

Visitors to the gallery are invited to take inspiration, and use the pencils and paper provided at the stations to create their own response through drawing or writing.

There are 12 pieces in all. Haystack, was inspired by William Delafield Cook, A Haystack.

Perceval’s Angel is a character who takes the children on an adventure into the art gallery and so is often quoted.

From September – to November, this link will lead you to the poems and the art if you can’t make it there in person to visit the adventure.  


A slide show preview can be found here https://ripplepoetry.wordpress.com/2018/09/02/wordsandpictures/


Image: William Delafield Cook A haystack 1982,

Courtesy of the Queensland Art Gallery